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Content from Download, Isle of Wight and RockNess

Download 2011
News: Def Leppard play defiant headline set
News: The Darkness make dazzling return at Download
News: BMTH fail to create a 'scene'
Photo Blog: Day One in photos
Interview: Jaska Raatikainen, Children of Bodom
Interview: James Cassells, Asking Alexandria

Isle of Wight 2011
News: Kings Of Leon crown opening day
News: Kaiser Chiefs return disappoints
News: Big Country open IOW 2011
Photo blog: Day One in photos



RockNess 2011

News: Kasabian set RockNess on fire
Photos: Day one in photos



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Festival app review: Isle of Wight 2011

We try out the iPhone application

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United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Dane Cobain | 08 June 2011

Festival app review: Isle of Wight 2011

A must-have accessory for any smartphone owner on the Isle of Wight this summer, the festival app comes with a personalised schedule and the full line-up, sorted by day and stage. You can set reminders so you never miss your favourite bands, and you can share to your favourite social media sites straight from the app. Just click the stars beside the act that you want to see and it’ll be added to your schedule, and you can view the location on the map.
 
The map looks like it belongs to a theme park, with first aid points, stages, bars and toilets pinned down, and you can add your own pins to mark tents, cars and pretty much anything else. There’s also a photo gallery that you can submit your own photographs to, plus quick links to Twitter, Facebook and the official Isle of Wight Festival website.
 
The news section is full of must-read material for festival-fans, including articles on the bands that are set to appear at the festival, latest line-up and competition information dragged straight from the festival’s website, although it can take a while to load and is occasionally difficult to read. Still, it’s enough to keep you up-to-date with the latest happenings around the festival site.
 
Although the app is owned and sponsored by Vodafone, it’s available for free to everybody, although Vodafone customers are entitled to check out the Vodafone VIP section where you can find out about the benefits that the network can provide you to enhance your Isle of Wight experience. The network’s customers are also entitled to recharge their mobile phones at the Vodafone VIP recharge zone at Penny Lane, and doing so enters you in to a daily draw to win a backstage tour.
 
It seems like the app has it all, including a list of what to bring (don’t forget your friends!) and travel information (don’t forget to book a ferry!) A five-day weather forecast is an added touch, but the official Isle of Wight application really wins in feel and design. Imagine the lanyard of the future – imagine the Isle of Wight iPhone application.
 
Click here to download the Isle of Wight Festival iPhone application.
 
Isle of Wight Festival 2011 is set to return to Seaclose Park from 9-12 June and will see headline performances from Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian.
 
Click here to view the Isle of Wight Festival line-up.
 
Tickets for the festival sold out, but a limited number are available starting at £154.99 from secondary ticketing agent Viagogo.
 
Click here to buy Isle of Wight Festival tickets through Viagogo.

At Viagogo, every transaction is guaranteed and they promise never to sell a ticket that they don’t have.


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